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Update Galaxy Nexus To Android 4.0.2 ICS Without Loosing Root

Android 4.0.2 Galaxy Nexus UpdateNexus phones from Google have always been the first in line to receive Android OS updates as they come. That said, Nexus users still like to take their devices out for a spin running custom ROMs, recoveries and more, that is till another update hits the device and tempts the users to update and in turn loose the custom recovery and root access they might have. The Galaxy Nexus just received an update to Android 4.0.2 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICL53F) and those with rooted and custom recoveries on the device are already tempted. Needless to say, a lot of Galaxy Nexus fans out there are yet to receive the device as well. Now, thanks to XDA-Developers forum member Chainfire, you can install the new update on your phone without loosing your current bootloader (unlocked), recovery and root.

So how does this work? To put it simply, this is a stripped update that does not contain bootloaders and no recovery to overwrite your existing ones. The update is availabvle for both the GSM and CDMA version of the Galaxy Nexus. Want to update right now? Let us show you how.

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.



  1. To begin, download the update from the links above and extract the contents.
  2. Run ODIN and make sure Re-Partition, Phone EFS Clear and Phone Booltoader Update are unchecked.
  3. Hit the PDA button and select the .tar file you extracted earlier.
  4. Now put your device into download mode and connect it to the PC via USB.
  5. Once connected, hit the Start button to begin flashing the update.

Once the flashing is complete, the phone will auto reboot, so disconnect it from the PC now. For updates and queries, head over to the forum thread at XDA-Developers.


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